Hooten, Russell, AO1

Aviation Ordnanceman
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Current Service Status
USN Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Ordnanceman
Primary Unit
1967-1970, AO-8211, HC-7 Seadevils
Previously Held NEC
AO-0000-Aviation Ordnanceman
AO-6801-Air Launch Weapons Technician
AO-8211-Helicopter Utility Aircrewman
Service Years
1962 - 1971
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club
Neptune Subpoena
Order of the Ditch
Order of the Shellback
Order of the Golden Dragon
Panama Canal
Suez Canal
AO-Aviation Ordnanceman
Two Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Kaman Rescue Pin Naval Rescue Swimmer

Cold War Medal Boeing Rescue Award Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon

Blue Star Sikorsky 2000 Hours Cold War Veteran

 Military Association Memberships
Aircraft Owners and Pilots AssociationUnited States Naval Institute
  1975, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association [Verified]
  1984, United States Naval Institute [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Retired in May from a full time job now working doing some work for myself on the computer at home.

One Canadian's Views on Americans
Other Comments:
I am a retired Deputy Sheriff,  just retired the second time, now it is time to take life easy. 



 Remembrance Profiles -  3 Sailors Remembered
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Attack on USS Pueblo (AGER-2)
From Month/Year
January / 1968
To Month/Year
January / 1968

USS Pueblo (AGER-2) is a Banner-class environmental research ship, attached to Navy intelligence as a spy ship, which was attacked and captured by North Korean forces on 23 January 1968, in what is known today as the "Pueblo incident" or alternatively, as the "Pueblo crisis".

The seizure of the U.S. Navy ship and its 83 crew members, one of whom was killed in the attack, came less than a week after President Lyndon B. Johnson's "State of the Union" address to the United States Congress, just a week before the start of the "Tet Offensive" in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War, and only three days after 31 men of North Korea's "KPA Unit 12" had crossed the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and killed 26 South Koreans in an attempt to attack the South Korean "Blue House" (executive mansion) in the capital Seoul. The taking of Pueblo and the abuse and torture of its crew during the subsequent 11-month prisoner drama became a major Cold War incident, raising tensions between the western democracies and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and People's Republic of China.

North Korea stated that Pueblo deliberately entered their territorial waters 7.6 miles away from Ryo Island, and that the logbook shows that they intruded several times. However, the United States maintains that the vessel was in international waters at the time of the incident and that any purported evidence supplied by North Korea to support its statements was fabricated.

Pueblo, still held by North Korea today, officially remains a commissioned vessel of the United States Navy. Since early 2013, the ship has been moored along the Botong River in Pyongyang, and used there as a museum ship at the Pyongyang Victorious War Museum. Pueblo is the only ship of the U.S. Navy still on the commissioned roster currently being held captive.
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
January / 1968
To Month/Year
January / 1968
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
Personal Memories
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

  117 Also There at This Battle:
  • Beach, Thomas, MCPO, (1965-1995)
  • Birdwell, Larry, MCPO, (1963-1982)
  • BRANNAN, WILLIAM, MCPO, (1959-1989)
  • Brendle, David, LTJG, (1966-1977)
  • Cahill, Paul, PO2, (1965-1968)
  • Campbell, Colin, PO2, (1964-1968)
  • Chandler, Mike, PO3, (1966-1970)
  • Coburn, Gary, MCPO, (1960-1987)
  • Engelken, James, LCDR, (1955-1979)
  • Estrup, Hector F. Jansen, SCPO, (1964-1980)
  • Flood, Dennis, PO1, (1963-1983)
  • Freitas, Richard, PO3, (1966-1969)
  • Futrell, Laurence, PO2, (1966-1970)
  • Ginther, Francis, PO1, (1961-1973)
  • Gomes, Gerry, PO2, (1966-1970)
  • Goodman, Larry, PO3, (1966-1970)
  • Goodman, Willie, SCPO, (1966-1989)
  • Gutman, Earle, LT, (1965-1969)
  • Hall, Wilford Charles, CWO3, (1950-1980)
  • Hanson, Martin, CAPT, (1955-1992)
  • Hendrickson, Wayne, LCDR, (1964-1991)
  • Hennessy, Peter, MCPO, (1961-1981)
  • Hogue, Greg, CPO, (1966-2000)
  • Hopkins, Dale, LCDR, (1967-1988)
  • Jameson, Stephen, PO3, (1965-1971)
  • Kaufman, Gordon, LCDR, (1963-1984)
  • Kelly, Jim, PO2, (1964-1968)
  • Knowlton, James, FLTCM, (1961-1984)
  • Koch Sr, John, PO3, (1966-1970)
  • Labahn, Ray, PO1, (1967-1973)
  • LE VASSEUR, PAUL, CPO, (1966-1992)
  • Lewis, Arthur, PO2, (1964-1969)
  • Lewis, Charles, CWO2, (1964-1988)
  • Lindsey, Aubrey, FN, (1966-1968)
  • Lorimor, Randy, PO3, (1966-1970)
  • MacDonald, James, PO2, (1967-1971)
  • McIntyre, Gary, PO1, (1965-1971)
  • McKnight, Kirk, MCPO, (1965-1995)
  • Morgado, Manuel, PO2, (1966-1969)
  • Morris, Bob, PO3, (1966-1969)
  • Morris, Chester, PO3, (1961-1969)
  • Morris, Robert, PO2, (1965-1977)
  • Moser, Carl, LCDR, (1966-1991)
  • Muir, Robert, CPO, (1965-1987)
  • Nelson, Ronald, SCPO, (1966-1993)
  • Nolan, Timothy, PO2, (1961-1969)
  • Novak, Edward, PO3, (1966-1969)
  • Pagel, John, PO3, (1967-1971)
  • Peterman, Robert, MCPO, (1965-1992)
  • Petersen, Allen, PO2, (1966-1972)
  • Potter, Don, PO3, (1967-1971)
  • Precie, Anthony, PO1, (1965-2003)
  • Priest, Karl, PO3, (1967-1971)
  • Procopio, Jerry, MCPO, (1966-1996)
  • Redeford, Jimmie, PO1, (1965-1974)
  • Reeb, Jim, CWO4, (1960-1986)
  • Roberts, William, CDR, (1950-1982)
  • Rockstad, Walter, PO3, (1967-1971)
  • Rohde, Darrell, PO1, (1960-1969)
  • Schossau, Frederick, SN, (1966-1969)
  • Schumacher, F. Carl, LT, (1965-1969)
  • Smith, Tim, SCPO, (1966-1990)
  • Sobyra, Michael, LT, (1967-1976)
  • Spangler, Rodger, PO1, (1968-2006)
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